LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – California ranks among the deadliest highways in the United States, according to an insurance comparison website.
Zebra reports that it analyzed data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System to assess the highest-risk roads based on the number of fatalities in vehicle crashes.
Interstate 5, which runs through several major California cities including Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego, ranked No. 3 on America’s 10 “Most Dangerous Roads.”
The Zebra discovered that California contains portions of four of America’s deadliest highways, stretching from Northern California to Southern California: I-5, I-15, I-40, and I-80.
Interstate 95, which runs through major cities like New York City, Baltimore, Boston, Jacksonville, Florida and Miami, Florida, has proven to be the most dangerous highway in the United States.
Here are some tips for staying safe on the freeways when traveling for errands, work, and vacations:
1. Follow the speed limit
It is tempting to accelerate beyond the speed limit, but it is important to remember that if a danger arises it will be more difficult to come to a complete stop. Also, watch out for weather conditions which could require a considerable slowdown.
2. Avoid distractions
There are a lot of things that can strain your ability to stay alert while driving, but fight the urge. It is wiser to keep your full attention on the road and to avoid distracting behaviors and activities such as eating or drinking, noisy passengers, or electronic devices.
3. Get enough sleep
Studies have shown that excessive time without sleep is comparable to driving while intoxicated. Make sure you are well rested before getting behind the wheel to ensure your safety, the safety of your passengers and others on the road.